Social networking and your kids. Not only will computers play an even greater role in your kids' lives than yours, they will know a completely different world wide web. The idea of Web 2.0, the second generation of the web, has been around for a few years and is moving ahead at full steam. A big part of the new web is social networking and you can bet it's going to play a big part in your kids' lives if it isn't already. Swissmiss points us toward an excellent article at Frog Design, "Parenting 2.0: Key principles for the creation and curation of your child's online identity."
Written by Jason Severs, a parent himself, the article is both a practical and philosophical guide to "provide you some initial understanding into the long-term implications of your family's digital actions."
Digital actions, you're thinking? Do you have a Flickr account with family photos? Do you blog about your kids? Does your child visit a website with social networking features (like Club Penguin)? These are all digital actions and you may not have considered some of the consequences of using them. Without being alarmist, Severs provides good advice for protecting your child's online identity without inhibiting their use of the web as a discovery, educational and social tool.
Severs concludes the article with a list of social networking sites by age group. Find the full article here.